Take These 12 Incredible Ohio Hikes, One For Each Month Of The Year

There’s no better way to embrace a new year than by getting outside and spending some time in nature. Fortunately, Ohio has a wide variety of hiking trails to explore. From trekking through ghost town remains to chasing waterfalls, the following are 12 of our favorite hikes to take in Ohio. Dedicate each trail to one month out of the year and you’ll find that it’s more than doable to tackle this outdoor bucket list.

What do you think? Are you up for tackling this bucket list of trails this year? What are your picks for the best hikes in Ohio?Share your thoughts with us!

For more wonderful hikes around the Buckeye State, check out these beautiful waterfall trails.

Address: Old Man's Cave Campground, 19852 OH-664, Logan, OH 43138, USA
Address: Wordens Ledges Loop Trail, Hinckley Township, OH 44233, USA
Address: Moonville Rail Trail, Ohio, USA
Address: Jane Coates Wildflower Trail, 1962 Put-In-Bay Rd, Put-In-Bay, OH 43456, USA
Address: Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio, USA
Address: Sugarcreek MetroPark, 4178 Conference Rd, Bellbrook, OH 45305, USA
Address: Headlands Beach State Park, 9601 Headlands Rd, Mentor, OH 44060, USA
Address: Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve, 2381 OH-343, Yellow Springs, OH 45387, USA
Address: Hell Hollow, Leroy Township, OH 44077, USA
Address: Shawnee State Park, 4404 OH-125, West Portsmouth, OH 45663, USA
Address: Jacobs Ladder, Hocking Township, OH 43130, USA
Address: Rock Stalls Lodge, 7499 Zwickle Rd, Logan, OH 43138, USA
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Best hikes in Ohio

April 24, 2022

What are some of the best hikes in Ohio that I can do year-round?

With our four glorious and distinct seasons, there’s always a new and wondrous experience to be had out on the trails in Ohio. One perennial favorite that’s simply divine any time of the year is the Brandywine Gorge Trail up in Cuyahoga Valley National Park — Ohio’s one-and-only national park, in fact! Tucked away in this slice of Ohio paradise, you’ll find the tallest waterfall in the state. Cuyahoga Valley National Park in northeast Ohio is home to a breathtaking 65-foot waterfall that flows from Brandywine Creek: the eponymous and extraordinary Brandywine Falls. These easily accessible and beautiful falls are a popular highlight within the park, and the loop trail to get to Brandywine Falls is a fan favorite. Whether you’re visiting during spring wildflower blooms, on a hot and glorious summer day, during the height of fall foliage, or even when winter’s chill has seemingly suspended these falls in time, this is one Ohio hike worth tackling again and again.

Another favorite trail for year-round fun and adventure in Ohio is the Sharon Gorge Trail. Located in the eponymous park, this trail is an accessible little adventure that leads past waterfalls and creeks, lush forests and charming bridges. This hike actually offers a glimpse into the past, too, with remnants like trilobites and fossils found in its creek beds and rocky ravines.

Address: Old Man's Cave Campground, 19852 OH-664, Logan, OH 43138, USA
Address: Wordens Ledges Loop Trail, Hinckley Township, OH 44233, USA
Address: Moonville Rail Trail, Ohio, USA
Address: Jane Coates Wildflower Trail, 1962 Put-In-Bay Rd, Put-In-Bay, OH 43456, USA
Address: Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio, USA
Address: Sugarcreek MetroPark, 4178 Conference Rd, Bellbrook, OH 45305, USA
Address: Headlands Beach State Park, 9601 Headlands Rd, Mentor, OH 44060, USA
Address: Clifton Gorge State Nature Preserve, 2381 OH-343, Yellow Springs, OH 45387, USA
Address: Hell Hollow, Leroy Township, OH 44077, USA
Address: Shawnee State Park, 4404 OH-125, West Portsmouth, OH 45663, USA
Address: Jacobs Ladder, Hocking Township, OH 43130, USA
Address: Rock Stalls Lodge, 7499 Zwickle Rd, Logan, OH 43138, USA